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USS LST-946


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Uniform - Delta
NVUD
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal


LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship
  • Laid down, 15 August 1944, at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., Hingham, MA.
  • Launched, 20 September 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-946, 12 October 1944, LTjg. Donald A. Schlarbaum USN in command
  • During World War II LST-946 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Twenty-One, CAPT. W.H. Brereton USN (24);
    LST Group Sixty-Two, CDR. W.M. Gillett USN (27);
    LST Division One Hundred Twenty-Four and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 March to 7 May 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-943 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    12 November to 8 December 1945
    25 December 1945 to 23 January 1946
    1 to 19 February 1946
  • Decommissioned, 25 June 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 31 July 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold, 25 May 1948, to California Co. for operation, fate unknown
  • USS LST-946 earned one battle star for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement
    1,625 t.(lt)
    4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    2,366 t. (beaching displacement)
    Length 328' o.a.
    Beam 50'
    Draft
    light 2' 4" fwd, 7' 6" aft
    sea-going 8' 3" fwd, 14' 1" aft
    landing 3' 11" fwd, 9' 10" aft (landing w/500 ton load)
    limiting 11' 2"
    maximum navigation 14' 1"
    Speed 11.6 kts. (trial)
    Endurance 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons
    Complement
    13 officers
    104 enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    16 officers
    147 enlisted
    Boats 2 LCVP
    Cargo Capacity (varied with mission - payloads between 1600 and 1900 tons)
    Typical loads
    One Landing Craft Tank (LCT), tanks, wheeled and tracked vehicles, artillery, construction equipment and military supplies. A ramp or elevator forward allowed vehicles access to tank deck from main deck
    Additional capacity included sectional pontoons carried on each side of vessel amidships, to either build Rhino Barges or use as causeways. Married to the bow ramp, the causeways would enabled payloads to be delivered ashore from deeper water or where a beachhead would not allow the vessel to be grounded forward after ballasting
    Armament (varied with availability when each vessel was outfitted. Retro-fitting was accomplished throughout WWII. The ultimate armament design for United States vessels was
    2 - Twin 40MM gun mounts w/Mk. 51 directors
    4 - Single 40MM gun mounts
    12 single 20MM gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 4,300 Bbls
    Propulsion
    two General Motors 12-567A, 900hp Diesel engines
    single Falk Main Reduction Gears
    three Diesel-drive 100Kw 230V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    two propellers, 1,700shp
    twin rudders

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    LST-946 81k LST-946 launching at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., Hingham, MA. 20 September 1944 Christopher Crane for his grandfather LTjg. Burle E. McMahen. USS LST-946
    LST-946 45k USS LST-946 personnel inspection, Engineering Force, circa 14 October 1944. Rob Wade for Walter J. Simon MoMM2/c USS LST-946
    LST-946 82k USS LST-946 personnel inspection, Ens, Burle E. McMahen and Engineering Department, circa 14 October 1944. Rob Wade for Walter J. Simon MoMM2/c USS LST-946
    LST-946 49k USS LST-946 personnel inspection by Commanding Officer, LTjg. D. A. Schlarbaum, circa 14 October 1944. Rob Wade for Walter J. Simon MoMM2/c USS LST-946
    LST-946 92k USS LST-946 personnel inspection, Deck Force, circa 14 October 1944. Rob Wade for Walter J. Simon MoMM2/c USS LST-946
    LST-946 71k USS LST-946 officers, circa 14 October 1944. Rob Wade for Walter J. Simon MoMM2/c USS LST-946
    LST-946 261k USS LST-946 with LCT-1376 on her deck probably while underway in San Francisco Bay after passed under the Golden Gate Bridge in February -March 1946. Rob Wade for Walter J. Simon MoMM2/c USS LST-946
    LST-946 40k USS LST-946 under way, probably in San Francisco Bay, circa 1946.
    Photo available for purchase from ©Nobe Smith, Atlantic Fleet Sales, Box 6202, Norfolk, VA 23508 All Rights Reserved
    Rob Wade for his grandfather Walter Crickman GM3/c USS LST-946
    LST-946 199k USS LST-946 at anchor, date and place unknown. Note "Fort Defiance" painted on the forward Mk51 Fire Control tub. This is not an actual photo of LST-946 but a doctored US Navy standard stock photo of an LST. Note the absence of a hull number. Rob Wade for his grandfather Walter Crickman GM3/c USS LST-946

    USS LST-946
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Schlarbaum, Donald Archie, USN12 October 1944 - 13 June 1846
    02LTjg. French, Richard A., USNR13 June 1846 - 25 June 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    History of LST-946 alias USS Fort Defiance by D. O. Cederquist XO LST-946
    The USS LST Ship Memorial
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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